Keith Kahn-Harris

Sociologist, freelance writer, editor

A sociologist by training, I am senior lecturer at Leo Baeck College, London, director of the European Jewish Research Archive at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and associate lecturer at Birkbeck College.

I've published widely, including four books (with a fifth one currently under contract). I have written non-academic articles and reviews for many years for a range of publications

This portfolio highlights some of the work I am most proud of, the diversity of my interests and my ability to write for a wide range of audiences.

United Kingdom


the Guardian

If British Jews are attacked, respect our dignity - and keep your agendas to yourself | Keith...

It can happen here, nobody can be sure that it won't. One day my phone will ring or I'll glance at the news only to find out the almost inevitable has happened: an attack on a...

Stop the pretense: There's no consensus among Diaspora Jews on Israel - Opinion

There is a growing recognition that Diaspora Jewish communities are becoming increasingly divided over the question of Israel. In my recent book Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict...

Book reviews

The Independent

KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann,

For most of us, the Nazi concentration camp, the Konzentrationslager (or 'KL') is a place that is both incredibly familiar and completely alien. Dachau, Buchenwald, Bergen...


Does the left have an anti-Semitism problem?

This article is a preview from the Winter 2016 edition of New Humanist. You can find out more and subscribe here. The Left's Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and...


Does civility in politics matter?

This article is a preview from the Summer 2016 edition of New Humanist. You can find out more and subscribe here. Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom...



Slayer and Me

It wasn't the first time I've seen Slayer live. As a metal fan for over twenty years it's been hard to avoid seeing them, given the frequency with which they tour. Nor would I...


Metal Beyond Metal

What would it look like if metal culture abandoned music? How necessary in fact is music to metal? This might seem absurd, but there are precedents of a sort. Both goth and punk...


Faster for the master

For most people - believers or not - the idea of Christian heavy metal is a non sequitur. Isn't heavy metal all about black leather, power chords and Satan? Yet Christian metal...


Botswana's Cowboy Metalheads | VICE | United Kingdom

I wrote the text (uncredited) for this feature on Botswanan heavy metal

Jewish Quarterly (edited by me 2014-15)

Other interests


Why I love tax havens - Endless Magazine - Medium

A few days ago a friend shared on Facebook the image above. The image was surely intended to provoke outrage, as well it should: the tax avoidance strategies of corporations...

the Guardian

Luxembourg: posh restaurants and free clubbing in the party city

I was sitting, hungover, in a sauna full of naked men and women taking part in a Japanese ritual, while a guy clad only in a towel banged gongs, sprayed water and burned...


The Scooby Doo Fallacy and Other Explorations in Social Science Fiction

This is 'book' 4 in the series The Impossible Books of Keith Kahn-Harris . The cover was created by Gus Condeixa. For more on this series, read the introduction . What sort of...